City crews have discovered a partially collapsed mine beneath the road surface at the juncture of Pine Street and Fifth Street and Victoria Road, prompting the city to close the immediate area to traffic.
Engineering and public works director Susan Clift said the city was aware the mine was there, and was test drilling as part of preparation work for water and sewer line replacement work.
She said the drilling revealed that the roof of the mine had collapsed, leaving a void beneath the road surface. The collapsed portion of the mine is located one metre below the surface. She said a geotechnical engineer will be consulted for advice on how to deal with the issue.
"The raw data has been gathered, but in terms of processing it, that hasn't happened," she said.
Clift said the portion of the road will likely be closed to the general public for the next week, by which time she said the city expects the problem will be fixed. She added that residents in the area will still be able to access it to get to and from home.
Clift said mapping shows mines throughout the area and said the city was conducting testing as part of its due diligence.
Drill testing will continue in the area to identify any other problems, she said.
City mulls youth council Nanaimo will look at establishing an advisory youth council to help guide city council in making decisions that affect young people. City councillors banded together to pass a motion proposed by Coun. George Anderson calling for a staff report on the issue. The report will look at how youth councils have worked in other communities and will consider how one could work in Nanaimo, as well as what the budget implications would be.
Strategic plan review The city will spend approximately $3,000 to hire a consulting firm to review Nanaimo's corporate strategic plan, which was approved by council approximately a year ago.
Ken Balmer of Ladysmithbased RETHINK Group will take on the task of reviewing the document, which focuses on long-term goals for the city in six key areas: water, waterfront enhancement, transportation and mobility, infrastructure, community building partnerships and improvement in local governance practices. Balmer and his firm were extensively involved in gathering information from the public during formation of the plan.
Councillors Jim Kipp and Bill Bestwick voted against hiring Balmer, arguing city staff members could do the work in-house.
Grants up for grabs City hall is taking applications from community groups for the next round of cultural, event and sports grants, worth a total $258,000. Three types of grants are up for grabs: a cultural operating grant ($209,098 in available funding) for non-profit groups; an arts, cultural and festivals events grant ($27,573) and a sport tournament grant ($21,498).
The due date for applications to be in is Nov. 1. The sports tournament grant has a second deadline of May 1, 2014 for events that will be held between July 1 and Dec. 31.
The city also recently launched its new cultural app, an online tool that will provide the public with a list of cultural programs, venues, creative professionals, artists, history and sports in the city. You can view the map online at http://www.nanaimo. ca/PRC/CulturalMap.
City council notes The city has a new bylaw enforcement officer for animal control and licensing. Council endorsed a staff recommendation to appoint Curtis James Moulder to the post. According to a staff report, Moulder works for Coastal Animal Control Services of B.C. Ltd., which is contracted to provide animal control on behalf of the city.
Councillors voted to support the fourth-annual Great British Columbia ShakeOut drill. The event is designed to raise awareness about earthquake preparedness. So far, over 22,000 within the Regional District of Nanaimo have signed up to take part in the Oct. 17 event. The earthquake drill begins at exactly 10:17 a.m. Council also voted to give third reading to a bylaw that would allow for $1.4 million in permissive property tax exemptions to a variety of non-profit, church and service delivery groups.
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